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By Ronak Parida, DLE Content Creator/Social Media Intern, Undergraduate at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
The Myth of Multitasking: Mindfulness at Your Desk attracted an engaged, diverse group of DLE members and newcomers at the June Culture Chat program, with concrete tips for staying mindful amidst mounting workplace distractions.
Yoga instructor, author and mindfulness expert Elizabeth Heller earned enthusiastic appreciation from the program’s start, when she instructed attendees on a breathing technique for clearing your mind and setting your balance. Here are some outtakes from this popular program, now available for viewing on the DLE YouTube Channel. Click here to watch.
- Breathe to stay mindful: The Culture Chat program opened with a quick five-minute breathing exercise to practice mindfulness. Elizabeth defined mindfulness as bringing yourself to the present moment on purpose without judgment. “Being present in the moment is calming for your nervous system.”
- Leave your phone in the car: Your phone is a major source of distraction. Even if you work from home, get up and leave your phone in the car for various increments of the day.
- Learn to monotask instead of multitask: Humans are not programmed to multitask. It is more efficient to limit your focus to one task at a time before moving onto the next. A common symptom of multitasking in the work environment is the standard scenario of dozens of tabs open, multiple windows, with Zoom meetings pinging you at every moment. All this drains your energy and can make you less productive. As Elizabeth puts it, “There’s no way to win with multitasking.”